Great Wolf Lodge
The Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, which opened in March 2008, offers more than the average hotel stay. The lodge features an enormous indoor water park, restaurants, an arcade, a gym and much more for toddlers, teens or the entire family.
Where: 20500 Old Highway 99 SW, Grand Mound
Contact: (360) 273-7718
Looking to cool off in the water or get a workout? You can find the opportunity at different several swimming pools around Lewis and south Thurston counties. Outdoor pools open in the summertime and Thorbeckes FitLife Aquatic Center in Centralia offers indoor swimming year-round.
• Gail and Carolyn Shaw Aquatic Center — The newest addition to the local parks and recreation offerings, the Gail and Carolyn Shaw Aquatic Center offers a pool, kiddie spray park and more. The facility opens in June.
Where: 410 SW Parkland Dr., Chehalis
Contact: (360) 740-8097
• Tenino Quarry Pool — Probably the most unique pool for miles around, the Tenino Quarry Pool is aptly named because it sits in what was once a sandstone quarry. Cost is $1.50 for people within the Tenino School District and $3.50 for all others.
Where: 319 Park Ave. W., Tenino
Contact: (360) 264-2368
Hours: Opens Fourth of July, Wednesday through Sunday noon to 7 p.m.
Thorbeckes FitLife Aquatic Center — Centralia’s only indoor pool is open to anyone year-round. The aquatic center is part of Thorbeckes, a gym with two locations in the Twin Cities.
Where: 2020 Borst Ave. #2, Centralia
Contact: (360) 736-1683
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday Noon to 5 p.m. Open year round.
Shankz Blacklight Miniature Golf
Shankz Blacklight Miniature Golf has enjoyed success in the Yard Birds Mall, having moved from Olympia. The facility offers a unique 18-hole indoor course in addition to snacks, a theater and an arcade. The business specializes in hosting parties for special events such as birthdays.
Contact: (360) 943-1715
Hours: Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m.; Friday, 1 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fairway Lanes boasts 18 lanes of bowling open for the whole family. Events held at the alley range from leagues to Rock N Bowl and its locally famous Monte Carlo bowling Saturday nights from 7-9:30 p.m. Call ahead for lane reservations.
Where: 1501 S. Gold St., Centralia
Contact: (360) 736-4100
Winter Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Summer Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Victory Lanes in Morton is the bowling venue for East Lewis County, containing a 12-lane bowling alley that also offers an arcade, go-karts and mini golf.
Where: 834 Westlake Ave., Morton
Contact: (360) 496-6797
The Centralia Rollerdrome location was built in 1904 and was originally called McNitt Hall for its owner Frank McNitt, a prominent Centralia businessman who also owned a successful hardware store. Ray said he can confirm that when it was built, McNitt Hall was used for dances. If there was evidence that proved roller skating was taking place there in 1904, the Rollerdrome would be the oldest continually operating roller rink in the United States.
Today, it offers opportunities ranging from an afternoon skating to a full-fledged party.
Where: 216 W. Maple Street, Centralia
Contact: 360-736- 7376
Wolf Haven International is hidden away as a sanctuary should be, but certainly worth the short drive north of Tenino. But to visit, contact the sanctuary way ahead of time and make a reservation.
Its mission is to “Conserve and protect wolves and their habitat.” The sanctuary has taken care of 180 displaced captive-born animals since 1982.
The nonprofit Wolf Haven accomplishes this mission through providing sanctuary, education and conservation. Wolf Haven rescues and provides sanctuary for displaced, captive-born wolves, offers educational programs about wolves and the value of all wildlife, promotes wolf restoration in historic ranges and works to protect our remaining wild wolves and their habitat.
Enjoy a 50-minute guided visit through the public portion of the wolf sanctuary. During your guided walk, learn about wolves, both in captivity and in the wild. Potentially see up to 10 sanctuary residents in a beautiful, natural and serene atmosphere. A self-guided prairie walk and stop at the memorial wolf cemetery are optional.
Where: 311 Offut Lake Road SE, Tenino
When: Open by reservation
South Sound Speedway
For the gearheads, the South Sound Speedway just off Interstate 5 at Rochester offers a racing season full of roaring engines and more than a crash or two.
The .375 mile oval race track includes a figure-eight course with racing most Saturdays through September.
The South Sound Speedway, located at 3730 183rd Avenue S.W. in Rochester, can be accessed by taking Exit 88 and going east on Old Highway 99.
Most races take place on Saturdays, although there are a few on Sundays.
Where: 3730 183rd Avenue S.W. in Rochester
When: Saturdays through September
World’s Largest Egg
A giant egg that bills itself as the world’s largest pays tribute to the town’s days of being home to a chicken co-operative.
Where: 520 Kerron St., Winlock
Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel
Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel offers some of the finest entertainment experiences in the Pacific Northwest. It also has the largest variety of slot machines and table games in the area, plus world famous entertainers and an attractive 171-room hotel.
Address: 188th Ave SW, Rochester
Telephone: (360) 273-2000
Centralia Factory Outlets and Downtown Centralia
Perhaps the most well-known shopping opportunity in the county known to people outside the local area, the Centralia Factory Outlet offers more than 30 outlet stores on both sides of Interstate 5. Nike, Under Armour, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Van Heusen and more represent a variety of stores that offer discounted pricing on name-brand clothing and more.
But there’s more to the shopping scene in Centralia than the outlets. A renewed economic landscape in the city’s downtown core has resulted in business activity increasing among locally-owned stores that offer everything from antiques to books and a whole lot of other stuff in between.
And if you’re fortunate enough to visit downtown Centralia, check out the Fox Theatre. The theater, which was once the place to be in Centralia for movies and silent films, is regaining its status as a cultural and arts center of the Hub City through a revitalization project that continues.
Once a mega-store that carried everything from clothing to pets, the building that housed it has now been repurposed into a home for several small shops comprising the largest swap meet in the region. The Yard Bird itself, the giant structure greeting people on National Avenue, has been voted KING 5 Evening Magazine’s Best Roadside Attraction.
Where: 2100 N. National Ave., Chehalis
Contact: (360) 748-1489
DeGoede Bulb Farm
If strolling through 30 acres of tulips sounds like a nice way to spend an afternoon, consider visiting the family-owned DeGoede Bulb Farm and Gardens, located just off U.S. Highway 12.
Where: 409 Mossyrock Road West, Mossyrock
Contact: (360) 983-9000